Whether you're traveling by air, train, bus or car, Carbondale is the best location for the total solar eclipse 2017 and just a short trip away!
If you are planning a visit to Carbondale, you are probably in the 90% of visitors who arrive by automobile!
Coming From Chicago
Coming from Chicago, IL area you’re probably planning to arrive via Interstate 57 going southbound, so just jump off at Exit #54 for Carbondale and welcome to Southern Illinois! The Best location for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is only 331 miles from the Chicagoland area.
Distance: 331 miles
Estimated Driving Time: 4h 46min
Coming From Memphis
Coming from Memphis, TN area follow Interstate 55 north to Interstate 57 still going northbound, use the left lane to exit off at Exit #25 for Anna/Carbondale! Use U.S. Highway 51 to Carbondale; keep in mind that this highway runs straight through the middle of town. Once you reach city limits you have the opportunity to turn on Illinois Route 13, also known as E Main St., which can take you to some of our best lodging facilities. Friendly advice, US-51 converts into a one-way street once you reach the downtown limits. The Best location for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is only 213 miles from the greater Memphis metropolitan area.
Distance: 213 miles
Estimated Driving Time: 3h 10min
Coming From Louisville, KY
Coming from Louisville, KY area trail Interstate 64 west and use the left lane to take exit 78 to merge onto Interstate 57 going southbound, and Exit #54B for Illinois Route 13. Follow Illinois Route 13 for 14 miles before arriving to Carbondale your total solar eclipse destination! The Best location for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is only 233 miles from the Louisville metro area.
Distance: 233 miles
Estimated Driving Time: 3h 21min
Coming From St. Louis
Coming from St. Louis, MO area you might come south on Route 3 (the Great River Road!) and you’ll intersect with Route 149 to travel east to Murphysboro and Carbondale. Or you might want to travel east on Interstate 64, get off at exit #50 for Nashville (Illinois) and head south on Route 127 to Murphysboro and Carbondale. The Best location for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is only 104 miles from the St. Louis area.
Distance: 104 miles
Estimated Driving Time: 1h 48min
Coming From Nashville
Coming from Nashville, TN area to see the point of greatest duration… get on Interstate 24 west to Interstate 57 north. Once on Interstate 57, take Exit #54A and proceed westbound on Illinois Route 13 till you reach Carbondale the 2017 greatest point of duration. The Best location for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is only 203 miles from the Nashville metropolitan area.
Distance: 203 miles
Estimated Driving Time: 3h 6min
Coming From Indianapolis
Coming from Indianapolis, IN area get on Interstate 70 west. Merge onto Interstate 57 going southbound, and Exit #54B for Illinois Route 13. It will take 14 miles before arriving to Carbondale, IL! The Best location for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is only 263 miles from Indy.
Distance: 263 miles
Estimated Driving Time: 4h 9min
Feel free to contact us with questions on how to get an eclipse 2017 map once in the area!
Call Carbondale Tourism at 618-529-4451 or 800-526-1500 for more information.
Thinking about flying directly to Carbondale? There are also daily shuttle flights to and from St. Louis via the Williamson County Airport, 15 minutes east of Carbondale. We have taxi service to our hotels and if you need a rental car, you can arrange to have one waiting for you when you arrive from Enterprise or Hertz Car Rentals.
Flying your personal plane to Carbondale? Make arrangements with Williamson County Airport or Southern Illinois Airport. Both airports have full-service FBO’s, the hours of operation are 7am-7pm seven days per week.
Many people arrive in Carbondale, via Amtrak aboard our very own Saluki Express! The Illini and City of New Orleans train service stops at Carbondale, IL as well.
The Greyhound service has three daily stops in Carbondale, IL. Tour in style and comfort with direct bus routes from Champaign, Atlanta, and St. Louis.